Saturday, 16 July 2016

16 loves {July 2016}

Welcome to the next in the series {16 loves} for 2016.

For the last few years, I've been sharing my loves each month - a little bit of everything that has caught my eye or been enjoyed over the last month. So, a new year and new inspiration. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. 

To see what's inspired me in the past, click to find all my {13 loves}, my {14 loves}, my {15 loves} and my {16 loves}.

I hope there's something in here to inspire you or maybe just make you smile.


My Counterfeit Kit Challenge July kit, Scooped, is one that I just love. I made a layout a few days ago that doesn't look anything like this photo (b-sides) but that's the joy of my kits. I hardly do any scrapbooking without a kit these days!


On 29th June, I travelled down to Cologne... THIS never fails to take my breath away. The Cologne Cathedral must be one of the most beautiful anywhere. Love it.


The reason I was in Cologne was to meet up with fellow Master Forger, Julene! What a thrill to get to know someone from the opposite corner of the world! We had a fun few hours together while I showed her and her friend around some of the main sights before before we had lunch, including a glass of the infamous Kölsch. So great to meet her.


She came bearing gifts. So sweet of her and that bright pink, butterfly printed scarf has my name all over it.


I have to get myself a jar of this. Just so delicious - pepper marinated in salt. 


There's a discussion going on in the Master Forger FB group about blogging and how it seems to be going out of fashion. For several of us, that seemed sad. I don't get around blogs as much as I'd like to recently and when I do, I tend to binge read and comment, but I do love seeing and reading a bit more in a blog post than over on Instagram (as much as I love IG!). 

S at Snaps and Snippets is one of my favourite stops when I have time, and she never fails to make me smile when I do. 

Snaps and Snippets here


I spent a weekend in the German town of Worms (pronounced Vorms!) and it has an incredible Romanesque St Peter's Cathedral complete with later redesigned Baroque alter and choir. Impressive for such a small town. This is the site of the Edict of Worms - where Luther was declared a heretic. So much history, you could literally feel it when you walked in. 


And the surrounding villages have pretty sights such as this. I'm planning to go down again to drive around to some of the many, many vineyards you can find in the area. 


Another winning collection by Shimelle, Go Now Go. I love travel themed products - which is ironic now that I don't travel as much as I used to! - and this one looks like a great mix of designs, colours and elements. Everyone's going crazy for the puffy heart stickers but I just love the overall look and feel of this. I hope that I'll be able to get my hands on it when it comes out.

Shimelle for American Crafts - Go Now go


This Moonlight collection by Kesi'Art was a no-brainer for me. I just had to order it. I love it. Look at those constellations and moon designs. 


Not really something that's inspiring me. Rather something that's making me mad. Brexit happened. Unexpected by all. The UK's future is somewhat uncertain. My response? A glass of wine and some time to reflect.


I have lovely students! At the end of a set of lessons, one group made the trek to the local English shop in Dortmund to pick up some British supplies for me - shortbread, orange marmalade, tea, a copy of OK! and of course, a Union Jack. The gesture touched me greatly.


The Scrapbilly kit in July was full of Carta Bella Beach Day products and as soon as I saw the pineapple paper, brad and washi tape, I knew that I had to make this page at last for the Whimsical Musings WM#167 prompt. 


I had some fun preparing a batch of flair for something special - and secret - ...


... which then found their way into the post and across the miles...


As I write this, it's the 15th, which marks my 15th anniversary of moving to Germany. A selfie was called for and the page to mark this milestone will be made. I feel like I've aged a 100 years since I first arrived but I am very much at home here and love it. 

Ilove you to share your own {16 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?

{16 loves} is a series that will feature on my blog each 16th of the month


  1. Awww, you are just the sweetest. I am so glad we've been blogging friends since early in our blogging days. One of these days, I am hoping to be as lucky as Julene and some of the other team members at CKC at get to see you in person. In the meantime, consider yourself hugged, Lisa.

  2. I always enjoy these posts

  3. I may join you in this idea next year. I truly love seeing these posts.

    I do hope more blogs don't go, I love connecting with blogging friends

  4. I love these monthly posts - you always have lovely photos and fun ideas to share! It's nice that you've been able to do a little traveling and a vineyard trip definitely sounds like fun. I also like Shimelle's latest - looking forward to getting a few pieces of it, especially those puffy hearts!

  5. I live vicariously through these monthly posts & it was great fun this month to feel a part of so much of this one! I think there were only five that I wasn't connected to in some way. Happy Anniversary!


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